OpenCongress.org: Overflowing with comments on health insurance reform

OpenCongress.org, a “free and open-source joint project of two non-profit organizations, the Participatory Politics Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation” has uploaded the full health care reform proposal. Per request they included a new version with page numbers and citizens can comment, share the bill, support or oppose the bill, track the bill, etc. Just today over 30,000 people have viewed the bill:

Comments on Health Care Reform

Here is a description of the OpenCongress’ purpose and goals:

OpenCongress brings together official government data with news coverage, blog posts, public comments, and more to give you the real story behind what’s happening in Congress. Small groups of political insiders and lobbyists already know what’s really going on in Congress. Now, everyone can be an insider.

OpenCongress is a free, open-source, not-for-profit, and non-partisan web resource with a mission to make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement. OpenCongress is a joint project of two 501c3 non-profit organizations, the Participatory Politics Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation. To read more about our mission, our open data sources, and how Congress works, see About OpenCongress. To read more about how individuals and organizations can use this site to find and share valuable info about their political interests, see How To Use OpenCongress.

You can find OpenCongress.org on Facebook.

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About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

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